Young Afghan Messi fan in plastic shirt meets his hero

Young Afghan Messi fan in plastic shirt meets his hero

Young Afghan Messi fan in plastic shirt meets his hero

Written by Staff Writer

14 Dec, 2016 | 6:11 pm

Lionel Messi has met the Afghan child who became an internet sensation after being photographed in an Argentina shirt made from a plastic bag earlier this year.

The five-year-old Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi made a special trip from Afghanistan to Qatar, where Messi was with his Barcelona team-mates to play a friendly match against Al Ahli on Tuesday.

In a meeting arranged by the organizing committee of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Messi held hands with Murtaza at the team hotel before picking up the boy and posing for photographs. Murtaza was wearing a Barcelona jersey.

Murtaza accompanied Messi on to the pitch and posed in the team photo.

The young fan is from the Ghazni province in rural eastern Afghanistan and had asked his family for a shirt like his heroes.

Outside their means, his father Arif Ahmadi dressed him in a blue and white plastic bag which mimicked the Argentina colours.

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